In a world that is rapidly changing, educators are often said to be faced with the task of preparing students for careers in industries that do not yet exist. Globalization and increased mobility add to the need to think differently about how and what our students learn and the spaces in which they learn in. The previous industrialization model of education is outdated, and we now see a greater need for individualization in the education landscape. This shift requires different types of teaching and learning spaces.
School districts will be continuously challenged in how to provide for the evolving mission to educate. Rethinking how spaces are used, how they are configured, what furnishings fill those spaces, and staying ahead of the ongoing maintenance demands become critical discussions for schools and the communities they serve.
PRA’s Partner and Education Studio Lead, Nicholas Kent, offers insights and considerations on how schools can create student-centered spaces that support student success, educational outcomes, creativity, emotional maturity, and the diverse teaching styles of their educators.